In 2011, Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan announced his retirement with a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Equal parts biopic and hagiography, this film – scored by French house act Cassius – breezily fills in the details of the proceeding years of struggle, hustle and high jinks. He once duct-taped his dealer to a wall and made a sculpture of a penitent Hitler.

The film explores the fragile Pinocchio figure behind the bad-boy artist myth.

Narrated by a host of insiders – family, lovers, dealers, curators, toadies, and a strategically placed imposter – Axelrod offers a crash course in everything Cattelan.

Along the way she sheds light on an obscure economy that rewards evasion and tomfoolery with accolades like genius.

Cape Town
V&A
Tues 6, 8.15pm
Labia
Sun 4, 3.30pm
Johannesburg
Rosebank
Sun 4, 5.30pm
Sat 10, 6pm
Director(s):
Maura Axelrod
Country:
USA
Year:
2016
Duration:
94 minutes
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